Oral cancer may not be the cancer everyone is talking about. But while other cancers are getting all the attention, oral cancer is insidiously keeping pace with other types of cancer – and the numbers of oral cancer patients are growing, not diminishing.
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, over “49,750 Americans will be diagnosed with oral oropharyngeal cancer this year” and many more will go undiagnosed because early symptoms can be subtle enough to be easily ignored. Because of that, the death rate for oral cancer is significantly higher than other cancers, “ not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development.” https://oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/
That’s why Meyer Family Dentistry is so serious about keeping up with your oral cancer screenings. We perform one at every cleaning scanning for white or red patches in your mouth, unexplained bleeding, mouth sores that won’t heal, pain or difficulty swallowing, loose teeth, lumps in your neck or in your mouth. Even a chronic earache could be a symptom of oral cancer! If it has been a while since your last dental check-up or exam, please give us a call today. It could save your life!